Phoenix area leads large metropolitan employment from May 2018 to May 2019

July 08, 2019

From May 2018 to May 2019, nonfarm employment rose in 29 of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, while employment was essentially unchanged in 22 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona (+3.2 percent), Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (+3.1 percent), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada (+2.9 percent each).

 Percent change in employment for metropolitan areas with a Census 2010 population of 1 million or more, May 2019, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area 1 year 5 year 10 year

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

3.2% 17.3% 24.3%

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

3.1 20.0 32.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

2.9 15.3 28.3

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

2.9 17.1 24.4

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

2.7 15.6 27.3

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

2.7 15.2 23.9

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

2.6 7.8 22.3

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

2.5 15.8 28.5

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

2.5 14.7 31.0

Austin-Round Rock, TX

2.4 18.7 40.4

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

2.4 14.8 18.5

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

2.3 17.2 35.9

Salt Lake City, UT

2.2 14.5 26.8

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

2.1 13.3 23.3

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

2.0 6.0 8.0

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

2.0 7.7 13.5

Jacksonville, FL

2.0 16.0 23.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

2.0 12.6 22.9

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

2.0 13.6 22.3

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

1.9 13.3 22.6

Kansas City, MO-KS

1.8 8.6 13.4

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

1.8 19.1 29.6

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

1.8 12.7 26.4

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

1.7 12.5 20.2

Oklahoma City, OK

1.6 6.1 15.6

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

1.5 6.4 8.5

St. Louis, MO-IL

1.5 5.8 8.0

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

1.4 6.2 11.5

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

1.4 8.9 16.0

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

1.3 4.1 7.9

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

1.3 9.5 15.2

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

1.2 13.1 26.0

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

1.2 8.3 15.4

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

1.2 6.9 9.3

Columbus, OH

1.1 9.1 19.6

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

1.1 3.6 8.8

Richmond, VA

1.0 7.6 14.0

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

0.9 6.2 12.0

Pittsburgh, PA

0.8 2.6 6.2

Raleigh, NC

0.8 14.9 27.5

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

0.8 7.3 12.2

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

0.7 4.4 7.3

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

0.6 7.5 15.2

Rochester, NY

0.6 3.6 6.9

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

0.5 7.9 17.4

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

0.5 2.6 5.3

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

0.5 8.2 17.8

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

0.4 3.0 6.0

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

0.1 4.5 9.3

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

0.0 4.4 6.5

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

-0.2 6.0 13.6

From May 2009 to May 2019, Austin-Round Rock, Texas, had the largest employment increase in large metro areas (40.4 percent), followed by Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee (35.9 percent) and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (32.4 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — May 2019." Also see these charts of metropolitan area employment and unemployment data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Phoenix area leads large metropolitan employment from May 2018 to May 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/phoenix-area-leads-large-metropolitan-employment-from-may-2018-to-may-2019.htm (visited July 16, 2019).

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